Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Minnesotaby Roger Tory Peterson
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Identifying a bird is just a tap away with the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Minnesota. Peterson's art, conveying each bird's essence, and the innovative Peterson Identification System, are all at the casual bird watcher's disposal. 400 species are in this visual treasure chest. Arrows point to the key field marks that distinguish each species, and range maps tell users where and when to find the birds. Add in descriptions of habitats, vocalizations, similar species, and an easy-to-use index, and a bird watcher is fully prepared to enjoy the natural wonders of Minnesota.
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Northeast of Horseclan's camp one can find the only permanent body of water in their territory. This curved pond is commonly known as the Old Oxbow and though quite a walk from camp, it is a pleasant place to visit. The vegetation grows thickly here, with sagebrush and gasses growing especially tall around the water's edge. The water here is fresh and relatively deep. Fish are rare, if existing at all, in this pond but frogs and salamanders commonly make this place their home. Prey is especially abundant here with mice, voles, cottontails, gophers, bluebirds, and thrashers all frequently visiting or living near the pond. Even garter snakes slither through the area. A cloud of mosquitoes also populate this place but are tolerable, only flaring up in numbers during floods. A few rare shells and stones line the stone shores that rim the water. Important herbs such as horsetail, feverfew, marigold, yarrow, and watermint grow at the pond's edges while water lilies bloom on the water's surface. Occasionally larger creatures such as bison, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and pronghorn visit for a drink. However predators such as wolves, coyotes, and badger are more likely to ignore the stream and consequently drink at the Old Oxbow more often than the herd animals. Wildflowers bloom brilliant colors during the warmer moons and birdsong fills the air in this peaceful place. But for the cats of Horseclan, the pond not only provides an enjoyable atmosphere. It supports their very survival and without it life on the Upland Meadow would be impossible. Close to the Ashclan and Sandclan borders as well as vulnerable to drought, Horseclan must protect this beautiful resource at all costs. ~ The Old Oxbow, Lilywolf <br> <br>